Saturday, 29 September 2012
The Sultan's Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art * The Textile Museum, Washington DC * 21 September 2012 - 10 March 2013
The latest exhibition to be enjoyed at the fabulous Textil Museum is a dsplay of Ottoman pieces reflecting the wealth, abundance, and influence of an empire which spanned seven centuries and, at its height, three continents. Particularly interesting for sampler lovers are the narratives of how stylized tulips, carnations, hyacinths, honeysuckles, roses, and rosebuds came to embellish nearly all media produced by the Ottoman court beginning in the mid-16th century and how they exerted an influence on western designs and needlework. Above you can see a detail of a skirt border from Crete from the 17th century. Private collection.
The Textile Museum is currently housed in two historic buildings in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Visitors enter the Museum through the former home of the Museum's founding family which was designed by John Russell Pope in 1913. Above is a cap from Damascus or Aleppo, Syria of around 1800. Private Collection
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